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Empowering Homeschooling: A Teacher's Journey from Classroom to Living Room


As l journeyed from a teacher in traditional school settings to a homeschooling mother and freelance educator, I discovered profound insights into the social and academic dynamics of homeschooled children compared to their public and private school counterparts.


The Decision to Homeschool:

Reflecting on 12 years of teaching various grade levels, I noticed gaps in traditional education. Fueled by the belief that early childhood should be spent exploring interests and learning through play, I decided to homeschool my own children. This decision was motivated by a desire for a more personalized and adaptable educational approach.


Tailoring Education for Social Growth:

In the homeschool environment, I observed a remarkable difference in social adaptability and confidence. Homeschooled children, introduced to more formal education at a later age, seemed to thrive socially and academically. The ability to explore interests before formal education contributes to their confidence and adaptability.


A Homeschooling Community Perspective:

Dedicating six years to homeschooling and supporting both homeschool and public-schooled children, I found that homeschooled children exhibited higher levels of enthusiasm, confidence, and social engagement. At a part-time academy for homeschoolers, their eagerness to participate contrasted with the challenges of public-school classrooms.


The Impact of Technology and Social Media:

Addressing the role of technology and social media, I discussed the potential negative impact on public-schooled children's social development. Homeschooled children, shielded from early exposure to these influences, seemed to navigate social challenges more effectively, avoiding identity crises and social anxiety.


Drawing on 18 years of educational experience, I confidently assert that, in my observation, homeschooled students consistently demonstrate superior social and academic prowess compared to their public-schooled peers. This journey has not only reshaped my perspective as an educator but highlights the potential benefits of embracing alternative educational paths for the holistic development of our children.


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